Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter

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A fun spin on peanut butter combines peanuts, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon to make a delicious spread you’ll want to put on everything…or eat straight off the spoon!

I’ve always loved peanut butter. Just ask my english teacher freshman year of college. I’m sure he could tell you all about my love for peanut butter since one of my papers submitted to him highlighted my passion for the nutty spread in no less than three pages. I’ll spare you the details.

Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter in a small jar.

What I hate is the fact that peanut butter and other nut butters get a bad wrap because they’re “fattening”. Yes, they have a considerable amount of fat, but fat is healthy for us. You probably already know this, but just in case you’re ever tempted to buy fat free packaged foods, remember that most fat free foods are loaded with added sugar to replace the fat. One exception is reduced fat dairy. I do tend to go with reduced fat versions of plain Greek yogurt, but that’s really the only thing. Dietary fats are important in our diets for many reasons – the maintenance of healthy skin, immune function, as well as the development of the brain and visual systems. They’re a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K and lastly, they make things taste good and keep you feeling full.

I can’t say all this without mentioning that all fats aren’t created equal – you should try to stick with unsaturated fats (poly and mono) and decrease your consumption of trans and saturated fats (except coconut oil). I like getting my healthy fats from nuts, seeds (chia seeds!), avocados and olive and coconut oil as well as seafood.

So there your have it, eat your healthy fats! Just be sure to watch your portion sizes because foods high in fat are typically calorie dense as well. A little goes a long way.

This little jar of homemade cinnamon vanilla coconut peanut butter is how I’ve been getting my fat in this week.

It’s creamy with a little crunch from the dried coconut and sweetness from the vanilla and cinnamon. The best part is that it was super easy to make. A few minutes in the processor and voila – creamy peanut butter. I think I’m in love!

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Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter

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A fun spin on peanut butter combines peanuts, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon to make a delicious spread you’ll want to put on everything…or eat straight off the spoon!
Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1 jar

Ingredients

  • cups peanuts, I used home-cooked unsalted Virginia peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened dried coconut

Instructions
 

  • Place peanuts in a food processor and process for 10 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides. Add cinnamon and vanilla and began processing again — about 2 minutes. Once the peanut butter has reached your desired consistency, turn machine off and stir in dried coconut.
  • Store in a air-tight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 jar Calories: 163kcal Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 7g Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Sodium: 25mg Potassium: 192mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g
Course: Dips/Spreads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon vanilla peanut butter

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    27 comments
    1. Dana Blair
      March 3, 2013 AT 11:45 am

      When your recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut PB popped up, I absolutely had to try it. Four of my favorite flavors in one protein packed jar? Too good to be true. I didn’t have any peanuts on hands though so I substituted almonds. It turned out super creamy and DELICIOUS! Now I’m looking for excuses to put it on all my snacks. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog
      March 14, 2012 AT 5:26 pm

      These look way too good! I’ve always wanted to make some homemade PB, but don’t have a proper food processor! And I don’t think my mini one would be up to the task… Until I get one, I’ll just have to make the balls with the store-bought kind… still great, I’m sure!

    3. Rhonda
      March 14, 2012 AT 1:29 pm

      I LOVE peanut butter too, but it’s not just the fat content that’s giving it a bad wrap – I’ve also read that they also tend to have high levels of carcinogenic aflatoxins. o.O One reference is : http://whole9life.com/2009/12/peanut-manifesto/ (I could cry.)

      That being said, I still do enjoy my natural PB occasionally, just not every day as I used to 🙁

    4. nicole @ Making good choices
      March 13, 2012 AT 9:19 am

      These look amazing! I love making different types of pb, it’s so fun! (and more cost effective!)

    5. Emily
      March 12, 2012 AT 11:12 pm

      This recipe looks amazing – I did not even know that you could make your own peanut butter (and customize it) so easily! Cannot wait to try it 🙂

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